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Under Fire In The Dardanelles (ePub)

The Great War Diaries & Photographs of Major Edward Cadogan

Military WWI > Battles & Campaigns > Gallipoli

By Camilla Cecil, Kira Charatan
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 40.9 MB (.epub)
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781473820111
Published: 20th February 2006


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Edward Cadogan kept a record of his war in words and photographs. His baptism by fire in Gallipoli made a profound effect on him but, as the situation deteriorated and casualties mounted, he became highly critical of the plan and the leadership. His front line experiences are balanced by his contact with senior commanders. Wounded and clearly in poor health he was fortunate to survive. After the ignominious withdrawal, Cadogan soldiered on in Egypt and Palestine increasingly disenchanted with the conduct of the War. His descriptions of conditions at the Front are complemented by his interest in family affairs at home.This compilation is not only superb military history but a unique piece of social commentary.

This is one volume that is well worth the price, for the many splendid photographs it contains alone!

This excellent book is based on the photographs and Great War diaries of the Honourable Major Edward Cadogan – the Old Etonian, Oxbridge graduate and London aristocrat who served initially in the Suffolk Yeomanry before moving on to become Commander of the Palestine Intelligence Corps during the Great War. Presumed lost until their recent discovery by Viscount Chelsea, these diaries are unique and therefore provide a most important and valuable source of information , that will prove to be of use to both the military historian and researcher alike.

The fascinating story of how he, a man so used to a life of luxury and grandeur , was suddenly exposed to the danger of constant shell-fire, discomfort and hardship in the trenches of Gallipoli, is actually told in his own sensitive words and of course via these excellent photographs. They reveal obvious frustration at the conduct of the war and his inner thoughts, but also portray the amazing comradeship of his men and colleagues too.

After his evacuation from the Dardanelles Peninsular, Cadogan served in Egypt, North Africa and Palestine, where he fought in both the first and second Battles of Gaza. He left the army in 1919 and returned to politics. Having served as a Conservative M.P. in a number of constituencies, despite his age, he later volunteered for service as a Pilot Officer in the RAF during World War 2.

In a nutshell, a most fascinating book, that will, without a doubt be appreciated by anyone with an interest in the Gallipoli Campaign or indeed the Great War in general.

Roll of Honour, Michael D. Booker

The diary is detailed and fascinating, very well edited by the authors... I was particularly impressed by the photographs - many individuals named - none of which, I believe, have been published elsewhere. Obviously appealing to the student of Gallipoli, Palestine or the Yeomanry but a valuable addition to any collection.

The Long, Long Trail


19th February 1915

The First World War: British and French forces begin the bombardment of Turkish positions in the Dardanelles. Winston Churchill's obsession with the Dardanelles had fatal consequences for many thousands of servicemen. Moreover it almost destroyed the career of the most influential British figure of this Century. Penn's latest work examines in depth an extraordinary and ill-matched politico/military relationship which was to have the most far-reaching results.

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